Our corporate governance

As an independent company without shareholders, with the constitution of an Employee Benefit Trust, good corporate governance is of the utmost importance to us.

Board of directors

The members of our Board of Directors use their considerable industry experience and business leadership to develop our mission, vision and strategy.

Sarah Kenny OBE

Chief Executive

Sarah Kenny OBE

Chief Executive

Sarah Kenny is the Chief Executive for BMT.  A marine environmental scientist by background, she has worked in marine and maritime science and technology businesses throughout her career. Sarah is Chair of Maritime UK, a board member of Maritime London, and a Trustee Director of the National Oceanography Centre. 

Sarah is also a member of the UK Defence Innovation External Advisory Panel member and the Maritime Enterprise Working Group. She is very proud to be an Honorary Captain of the Royal Navy and an Honorary Member of the Royal Corps of Naval Constructors. Passionate about the UK engineering, science and technology skills base sustainment, Sarah commits time to STEM projects in the maritime field.

Sarah was awarded an OBE in the 2019 Queen’s Birthday Honours list for her services to the Maritime Industry and Diversity.  In the same year, Sarah was delighted to be awarded an honorary doctorate from Portsmouth University.

Wendy Barnes

Non-executive Director

Wendy Barnes

Non-executive Director

Wendy Barnes was appointed a non-executive Director in 2013. She has previously been a non-executive Director of OFWAT, the economic regulator of the water industry in England and Wales, of Foreign & Commonwealth Office Services and the Met Office. She is an external advisor to Templar Executives, who provide cyber security consultancy and training.

Wendy was Interim Chief Operating Officer for the UK Government’s Department of Energy & Climate Change from September 2011 to December 2012 and was previously a non-executive Director of the Board of the Ministry of Defence’s Defence Equipment and Support organisation (DE&S) and a non-executive Director of two Government security departments.

Prior to this Wendy spent eleven years with United Utilities and ten years with British Nuclear Fuels in a wide range of roles including customer service, marketing and business development.

David McSweeney

Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

David McSweeney

Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

With over 27 years’ experience as a chartered accountant, David McSweeney was appointed Finance Director in 2001. David enjoyed a successful accountancy career as a senior audit and corporate finance partner at Baker Tilly. He has helped many different types of business and specialised in people businesses within the design, engineering and technology and property sectors, both as a trusted advisor and as a non-executive Director.

His extensive experience of corporate finance and treasury matters has ranged from small owner managed businesses to large public listed companies in the FTSE 100 and on NASDAQ. David was a finalist in the Institute of Directors’ 2012 “Director of the Year – large company section” and is a 3rd Dan black belt in karate.

He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and served as a member of the Technical and Practical Auditing Committee providing guidance to the profession.

Charles Packshaw

Chairman

Charles Packshaw

Chairman

In addition to his role as BMT’s Chairman, Charles is currently the Senior Independent Director of Diploma plc, a FTSE-250 supplier of technical products and services, the Chair of Prostate Cancer UK and Vice-Chair of Framlingham College. He previously spent over thirty years working in the City of London as Managing Director of Lazard’s Corporate Finance Division and Head of UK Advisory at HSBC Bank.

He began his career as a civil engineer and is a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers. He has a master’s degree from London Business School and a BSc in civil engineering from Bristol University

Doug Webb

Non-Executive Director

Doug Webb

Non-Executive Director

Doug Webb joined BMT as Non-Executive Director of the Board in October 2018 and Chair of the Group’s Audit Committee from 1 January 2019.

Doug brings a wealth of relevant sector and corporate financial management experience, having served in Board roles for listed companies for more than twelve years.

Until 30 September 2019, Doug was a Non-Executive Director at SEGRO Plc, a property investment and development company investing in property located in the UK and Continental Europe with a focus on edge of town flexible business space. Before that, Doug was the Chief Financial Officer of Meggitt PLC, a global engineering company operating in aerospace, defence and selected energy markets, with annual turnover of approximately £2 billion. Prior to joining Meggitt PLC in 2008, Doug was Chief Financial Officer of London Stock Exchange Group Plc. Prior to this he held roles as Chief Financial Officer at QinetiQ Group plc and at Logica Plc’s North American division, and a Financial Director role at Continental Europe. In his early career he spent twelve years at Price Waterhouse Coopers where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant. Doug’s other current appointments are Non-Executive Director of Johnson Matthey Plc and The Manufacturing Technology Centre Ltd. 

 

Andrew Wyllie CBE

Non-executive Director

Andrew Wyllie CBE

Non-executive Director

Andrew Wyllie CBE joined BMT as Non-Executive Director in October 2019.

Andrew brings to our board a wealth of relevant sector and corporate leadership experience, having served in executive roles for listed companies for more than fifteen years. He was for 14 years Chief Executive of Costain Group Plc. Prior to that he was Managing Director of Taylor Woodrow Construction and a member of the Group Executive Committee at Taylor Woodrow Plc. Andrew has had considerable experience working on critical national and international infrastructure contracts in Saudi Arabia, Ghana, the Falklands and Malaysia, as well as projects in the United Kingdom.

Andrew currently serves as a Non-Executive Director on the Board of Yorkshire Water and was previously a Non-Executive Director of Scottish Water.  He is the 154th President of the Institution of Civil Engineers and is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. He has an MBA from London Business School, and in 2014, he was awarded a CBE for services to Engineering and Construction.

Sue Mackenzie

Non-Executive Director

Sue Mackenzie

Non-Executive Director

Sue Mackenzie joined BMT as Non-Executive Director in March 2020.

Prior to her appointment as Non-Executive Director of the Board, Sue served in senior management and advisory roles for both public and private companies for more than 20 years, including a position as Operations and Business Transformation Director at P&O Ferries. Prior to that she was Operations Director of London Luton Airport at a time of unprecedented growth.

Sue’s early career was spent in military service and not-for-profit sectors in the UK and other countries. After graduating with distinction from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, she was appointed to several international leadership roles, during which time her diverse responsibilities included tours both at home and abroad as the first female officer to serve with the Second Battalion Scots Guards.

After leaving the Army, Sue performed as Chief Executive of the charity “Cities in Schools” and she currently serves as a Non-Executive Director of the Medway NHS Foundation Trust and is on the Board of the Freight Transport Association. Sue continues to work voluntarily in support of her fellow servicemen and women and is involved as a trustee and / or volunteer of several charities in the UK.

 

 

 

Executive committee

The implementation of our strategy and administration of its assets is delegated to the Executive Committee.

Sarah Kenny

Chief Executive

Sarah Kenny

Chief Executive

Sarah Kenny is the Chief Executive for BMT.  A marine environmental scientist by background, she has worked in marine and maritime science and technology businesses throughout her career. Sarah is Chair of Maritime UK, a board member of Maritime London, and a Trustee Director of the National Oceanography Centre. 

Sarah is also a member of the UK Defence Innovation External Advisory Panel member and the Maritime Enterprise Working Group. She is very proud to be an Honorary Captain of the Royal Navy and an Honorary Member of the Royal Corps of Naval Constructors. Passionate about the UK engineering, science and technology skills base sustainment, Sarah commits time to STEM projects in the maritime field.

Sarah was awarded an OBE in the 2019 Queen’s Birthday Honours list for her services to the Maritime Industry and Diversity.  In the same year, Sarah was delighted to be awarded an Honorary doctorate from Portsmouth University.

David Bright

Operations Director

David Bright

Operations Director

David Bright is BMT's Operations Director and member of BMT's Executive Committee.  His role is to manage the overall BMTtogether Transformation Programme with particular responsibility for the Ways of Working workstream.  This workstream will deliver greater harmonisation of process, systems and working methods across the group and thereby support improved consistency of information and business forecasting. He also has responsibility for the project governance, management and control practices across the group.

Before joining the Executive Committee, David performed other senior roles at BMT, and prior to that was the Managing Director of BMT Hi-Q Sigma Ltd having worked his way up through the company following its formation in 2003.  In this role he built up a wealth of experience in supporting clients improve their programme governance, controls & assurance and was a regular conference speaker on these subjects.  He was an integral member of the Project & Programme Assurance and the Governance Specific Interest Groups of the Association for Project Management (APM) and was the Stakeholders & Sponsorship track chairman at the Annual APM Conference.

Before joining BMT in 2001, David had a successful and varied career in the Royal Navy including the lecturing of RN and USN officers in project management, engineering design and naval architecture.

Trudy Grey

Group General Counsel and Company Secretary

Trudy Grey

Group General Counsel and Company Secretary

Trudy Grey has been General Counsel and Company Secretary of BMT since 2015.  She qualified as a solicitor in London at Stephenson Harwood LLP, before joining Clyde & Co LLP a year later where she worked for 11 years in the London office, latterly in the Marine and International Trade Group. Trudy then moved in house to SBM Offshore in Monaco, an engineering company providing floating production solutions to the offshore energy industry, where she had the roles of Deputy General Counsel and also Legal Manager of the Monaco Regional Office.

David McSweeney

Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

David McSweeney

Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

With over 27 years’ experience as a chartered accountant, David McSweeney was appointed Finance Director in 2001.

David enjoyed a successful accountancy career as a senior audit and corporate finance partner at Baker Tilly. He has helped many different types of business and specialised in people businesses within the design, engineering and technology and property sectors, both as a trusted advisor and as a non-executive Director. His extensive experience of corporate finance and treasury matters has ranged from small owner managed businesses to large public listed companies in the FTSE 100 and on NASDAQ. David was a finalist in the Institute of Directors’ 2012 “Director of the Year – large company section” and is a 3rd Dan black belt in karate. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and served as a member of the Technical and Practical Auditing Committee providing guidance to the profession.

Anne Segall

HR Director

Anne Segall

HR Director

Anne Segall was appointed HR Director in 2010, having previously worked with BMT as a management consultant. She is responsible for the delivery of the BMT HR Strategy. Previously Anne ran her own consultancy offering management consultancy and leadership training, based on her experience of organisational development during 12 years in HR, consultancy and training at the BBC. During this time she worked across BBC departments with senior managers and union representatives on the major project to change the BBC's culture, financial reporting and organisational focus and direction. Anne is co-author of Finding The Right Job published by BBC Books.

Guy Tomlinson

Programmes Director

Guy Tomlinson

Programmes Director

Guy joined BMT from QinetiQ where he was the UK Sales Director leading the sales, marketing and business development communities across the Maritime, Defence and Security, Cyber Defence and Simulation and Training domains – reaching across all of UK’s sovereign defence capabilities’ and managing a UK workforce across multiple jurisdictions. He also led on several major sales and business development transformation programmes with oversight on corporate strategy, organic growth, strategy planning, portfolio strategy and M&A growth portfolio.

Guy also served for 23 years in the Royal Air Force as an Engineer Officer (Aerosystems) holding Type Airworthiness Authority’s (TAA) Type Airworthiness responsibilities for a number of UK sovereign aerial platforms.

Guy is a Charted Engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology.

Louise Ledgard

Global Business Development and Marketing Director

Louise Ledgard

Global Business Development and Marketing Director

Louise Ledgard is Global Business Development and Marketing Director at BMT.  With international experience of working across several market sectors including; energy, mining and civil coastal infrastructure projects, Louise has worked both in project delivery and in the development of new business.  With a PhD in Materials Engineering and Design, a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Physics and a Master’s in Business Administration, Louise has spent over 25-years working in a technical environment. 

Her experience spans across early feasibility assessments of offshore energy developments through to the engineering and maintenance of infrastructure projects.  Originally starting her career as a Research Associate at Sheffield University, Louise moved to Fugro as a project oceanographer where, she supported offshore and near-shore engineering projects with metocean data services, including site survey’s in the UK, Europe, Asia Pacific, Russia, Australia and the Middle East. 

Building on her technical knowledge, Louise moved to a commercial role, providing support for tendering and business development.  Louise has spent the last 10-years working at BMT, were she brings her technical and commercial knowledge together to provide guidance and leadership in her role of managing a diverse international marketing team.